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High School Wrestling Weekend Recap

Buchanan claimed the team title at the Zinkin Classic

Saturday saw the conclusion of a plethora of high school wrestling competitions from across the country. Here are some highlighted outcomes of nationally ranked wrestlers facing one another, and/or being "upset."

Zinkin Classic

No. 3 Buchanan (Calif.) rolled to the title placing a wrestler top six in all fourteen weight classes, 11 of them inside the top three. Second was No. 12 Allen (Texas), as the Eagles put 10 on the podium but were over 80 points back - A.J. Ferrari (220) was absent from their lineup. No. 46 Clovis North (Calif.) was another 46 behind Allen, as the Broncos also put ten on the podium; while No. 34 Clovis (Calif.) was nine back of third, putting nine weight classes on the podium.

113 - No. 6 Braxton Brown (Allen, Texas) majored No. 11 Jack Gioffre (Buchanan, Calif.) in the semifinal, before No. 4 Joey Cruz (Clovis North, Calif.) beat Brown 5-3 in the final.
132 - Haiden Drury (Toppenish, Wash.) knocked off No. 16 Ryan Franco (Clovis North, Calif.) 3-0 in the championship bout.
170 - Gianno Petruelli (Clovis, Calif.) beat No. 18 Elise Brown Ton (Allen, Texas) 1-0 in the semifinal, and then upended No. 5 Maxwell Wilner (Fountain Valley, Calif.) 3-2 in the championship bout; Wilner had beaten No. 19 Rocco Contino (Buchnan, Calif.) 3-1 in overtime in the semifinal. Brown Ton lost 3-1 in overtime to J.T. Stinson (East Nicolaus, Calif.) in the consi semi
182 - No. 6 Nathan Haas (St. John Bosco, Calif.) wins 7-2 over No. 10 Joseph Martin (Buchanan, Calif.) in the championship bout
195 - No. 17 Guillermo Escobedo (Los Altos, Calif.) lost 3-2 in the semifinal to Tyler Gianakapolous (Clovis, Calif.), then finished third

Kansas City Stampede

Despite missing their two best wrestlers - Luke Surber and Dustin Plott - plus another state champion in Garrett Steidley, No. 9 Tuttle (Okla.) finished in a narrow third place with 560.5 points. Winning the tournament was No. 29 Liberty (Mo.) with 600, even though they were missing state placer Drake Smith at either 152 or 160, who has won the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic last week at 160. Baylor School (Tenn.) was second with 561.5, and fourth went to No. 39 Mustang (Okla.) with 462 points, though they were without two notable wrestlers, including nationally ranked John Wiley.

126 - No. 9 Jordan Williams (Collinsville, Okla.) lost 6-4 in overtime to Khyler Brewer (Staley, Mo.) in the quarterfinal round, but would bounce back to take fifth place, the highest possible position he could given the format. Brewer lost 6-3 to Zach Keal (Mill Valley, Kansas) in the next round, while Keegan Slyter (Olathe North, Kansas) won the weight class.
132 - Caleb Tanner (Collinsville, Okla.) beat No. 20 Carter Young (Stillwater, Okla.) 6-1 in the semifinal round; Tanner won the weight class, Young finished third.
138 - Garrison Dendy (Baylor School, Tenn.) beat No. 20 Trey Crawford (Park Hill, Mo.) 3-1 in the championship match.
195 - No. 19 (at 220) Ashton Sharp (Park Hill, Mo.) lost his first two matches in the championship flight on Saturday: 3-2 to Deston Miller (Arkansas City, Kansas) and 3-1 in overtime against Sam Chapman (Creston, Iowa); he finished 13th

Las Vegas Holiday Classic

No. 11 Poway (Calif.) dominated their way to the title, almost doubling up second place Liberty (Ariz.)
126 - No. 19 Jason Miranda (Poway, Calif.) was pinned in the semifinal by Aizayah Yacapin (Curtis, Wash.) during the third period of a bout that he was leading prior to the sequence of the fall. No. 20 Vince Cornella (Monarch, Colo.) won the championship bout by 13-0 major decision.

Minnesota Christmas Tournament

No. 28 Simley outlasted No. 26 Stillwater in a barn-burner of a finish, 232 to 230; Bennett Tabor's 3-2 win at 220 in the ultimate tiebreaker of the championship bout clinched the title after the Ponies left the door open with medal match losses from 152 through 195. No. 22 Shakopee was a distant third with 167 points, but they were absent Carson Manville, state champion Paxton Creese, and another state tournament experienced wrestler.

106 - No. 5 Jore Volk (Lakeville North, Minn.) beat No. 18 Koy Buesgens (New Prague, Minn.) 5-2 in the semifinal; Volk won the weight class, while Buesgens took third.

Flatwater Fracas

No. 32 Millard South (Neb.) won all eight dual meets between Friday and Saturday. The Patriots went 46-5 in contested matches on Friday, including a showdown at 220 where No. 6 Isaac Trumble pinned No. 10 Grady Griess (Northwest, Neb.) in 1:26. Saturday was a bit more competitive with two dual meets involving double digit victories, but the other two being 8-6 in terms of match count (Kearney and Columbus).

The other real notable individual result came on Friday as well, as No. 6 Jakason Burks (Omaha Burke, Neb.) was pushed to the brink by Garrett Grice (Bellevue East, Neb.), 5-4 at 126 pounds; state champion Grice is expected to end the season at 120, though all his matches this event were at 126.

Carnahan Memorial

The host school Crown Point (Ind.) out-pointed No. 36 Brownsburg (Ind.) at the Carnahan Memorial Invitational on Saturday. Each team was without one state ranked starter; Crown Point absent Cody Goodwin at 138, while Brownsburg was missing Greg Glover at 170. Crown Point's backup placed third, while Brownsburg did not have an entrant.

The final team score in the tournament was 318.5 to 312.5 in favor of Crown Point, who went 6-4 against Brownsburg in contested bouts. Crown Point out-placed Brownsburg in eight of the weight classes, including at 170 where they do not have a ranked wrestler; at 138, Brownsburg's Drake Campbell is a three-time state placer and higher ranked than Goodwin.

Battle of Waterloo

Four of Iowa's elite teams battled it out in the championship pool on Saturday, after they each absolutely steamrolled their way through three bracket matches on Friday. When all was said and done, No. 38 Lisbon won the title based on their 34-32 victory over Don Bosco; while West Delaware was third based on the 37-30 win over Waverly-Shell Rock.

Within Iowa, Lisbon and Don Bosco are the top two teams in the small-school division (Class 1A), West Delaware is tops in Class 2A, while Waverly-Shell Rock is third behind a pair of nationally ranked teams in big-school (Class 3A).

Don Bosco had the best Saturday record (23-19) among the four teams, as they took nine bouts in a 36-24 win over West Delaware while splitting the bouts seven-apiece in the loss to Lisbon and a 34-31 victory over Waverly-Shell Rock. Lisbon went 22-20 in the individual bouts on Saturday as they split with Don Bosco and in a 39-32 loss to Waverly-Shell Rock, while they won eight weights in a 40-30 victory over West Delaware.

Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament

Windsor (Colo.) out-pointed No. 40 Pomona (Colo.) 227.5 to 220 to take home the title in Greeley. The 138 final was a match that would have swung the tournament the other way, if the outcome was the opposite; Vance Vombaur (Windsor) beat No. 13 Daniel Cardenas (Pomona) 7-5 in overtime.

Other ranked teams

No. 42 Stoughton (Wis.) was second at the Badger State Invitational to Fennimore, 243.5-221. Stoughton was absent 2018 state runner-up Braeden Whitehead (145/152). No. 50 Wadsworth (Ohio) was a distant third at the North Canton Holiday Invitational with 181 points, a tournament won by Lake Catholic (Ohio), 234-222 over Louisville.

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